Review – Misteria – Cameo Renae

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What’s It About….

Approached in the woods by a rather hideous, three-foot tall man-creature, William and Anna Archer are given a message from their mother via a crystal image1ball.  They are to follow the messenger though a magical portal to find her.

In this modern day fairy tale, the twelve year old, telepathic twins uncover a world hidden behind an enchanted mist conjured by five sorcerers to protect all magical beings from the human world. A world that is now terrorized by a dark and destructive force sweeping across the land, threatening their very existence.

The twins embark on a perilous quest to save their mother and the grandfather they never knew existed.  Fantasy has turned into reality for the Archer twins, and the safety of all magical beings now rests in their hands.

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My Thoughts…

I received a copy of Misteria as part of Lady Ambers PR tour.

While I do not typically read MG/ YA novels, I was very much drawn to the cover of Misteria, which is stunning in itself and the storyline was a bonus.

Miss Renae wrote a story that is magical and incanting.  She vividly takes you along on the journey of Anna and Will making you feel like anything in your imagination can be possible.

It was written perfectly for its target age group and if you or your children are a fan of fantasy’s and fairy-tales than Misteria is a must read.  Where was this author when I was  younger???

Overall I give Misteria 4 magical stars.


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About the Author…

USA Today Bestselling author, Cameo Renae, was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and now resides with her husband and children in Alaska.

Cameo RenaeShe’s a daydreamer, caffeine and peppermint addict, who loves to laugh, and loves to read to escape reality.

One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy works filled with adventure and romance and sharing them with others.  It is the love of her family and amazing support of her fans that keeps her going.

One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then…she’ll keep writing!

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Somehow I Got 4 Chesticles!!!

I’m going to share my journey with you.

Back in January I had noticed that I had started to gain weight.  My clothes were becoming tighter and uncomfortable.  The cups of my bra weren’t quite covering my boobs, giving me 4 boobs instead of two.  My cheeks were looking pretty chubby and no amount of makeup could contour them away. Funny-Weight-Loss-Inspiration-Quotes

Slowly, without me even noticing, the weight just crept up on me.  I gained close to 25lbs and went up 3 pants sizes without even noticing it, until one day I split a zipper open on my pants.  And my mood swings…..I constantly felt down every time I looked in the mirror.

Many things could attribute to this.  Food, lack of exercise, a few too many cocktails,  medications etc…. All I know is I was uncomfortable all of the time, both mentally and physically.

A little bit of a back story….

5 years ago I got really sick.  It got to the point where I couldn’t keep any foods in.  I was drained.  I had been for many many tests over the course of 6 months, all coming back negative.

While in between doctors visits, tests and test results,  I was encouraged to visit a Naturopath.  At the time I thought they were hookey, but I was desperate, so I gave it a go.  Through a blood test, she was able to determine that I was allergic to many foods that were causing this sickness in my body.  Gluten, dairy, eggs both duck and chicken, beef, broccoli, pineapple, cranberries and a few other things.

Normally they recommend slowly weaning your body off of the gluten but I went cold turkey.  Things got much worse before they got better as I went through a detox that they say is similar to what heroin addicts experience.

As my body started to heal itself and the toxins left my body,  I dropped 30 lbs, going down to 117lbs (too skinny), but end up regulating at 122.  I felt great. Healthy. More energy.  Even my overall personality was friendlier.

And I stayed this was for the past 4 years.

Back to the present…..

So now here I am, weighing the most I ever have in my life and needing to do something about it.  I knew that I couldn’t do it on my own.  I just don’t have the self regulation to do it.  There’s always that devil on my shoulder that says “just eat it” lol.  And let’s face it, I am a carb addict.  I love carbs.  Hmmmm…..spoonful’s of Nutella…..sigh!

Anyways….I have decided to give the 8 Week Challenge a go. 730abe1100b4ea8cbdd9c5a3a069e555---week-challenge-butt-workouts

The 8 Week Challenge is a food-focused program with simple guidelines that anyone can follow. Teaching you what to eat, when to eat and why, with support the entire 56 days.

The challenge started on June 18, this past Monday.  All of the participants are currently in a week of learning.  How to read labels, what kinds of foods to eat, etc.  There is also an app which allows members access to see challenge friendly foods at local grocery stores and restaurants.

The actual challenge is for 56 days and starts this Monday, June 25. gym-humor-diet-and-fitness-humor-fitness-memes-gym-memes-diet-weight-loss-fat-fat-loss-cro-1024x1024

During the challenge you follow an eating schedule, eliminating sugar, caffeine and alcohol all while eating challenge friendly foods and incorporating exercise.

For me eliminating sugar and exercise will be the hardest part.  Eeeekkk! lol!

So, I have decided to blog my challenge and see where this thing goes.

Stay tuned…..


Share Your World | June 18

Here’s my take on this week’s Share Your World from Cee’s Photography

You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it? Sushi? Scotch Tape?

This is easy.  Books would be the one thing I’d love an unlimited supply of.  I read constantly.  Reading is what I do to unwind and escape for a while.  I have been an avid read since my middle grade years when I was hooked on Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume books.  Followed by The Babysitter Club and then eventually Nancy Drew The Case Files series.  My love of reading has never stopped.   The books have just gotten a little more adult.

Teleportation or Flying

I want to say teleportation because it is so quick and easy.  But I say flying because one of the things I’d love to eventually do is to learn to fly a plane.  Just something small, like a sea plane.  I think this would be an amazing feeling and the closest I could get to actual flying.

I once jumped from a plane and that free falling feeling was an amazing rush.

Would you rather live where it only snows or the temperature never falls below 100 degrees?

I live where it snows a lot and I hate it.  I am NOT made for winter.  Winter is long and cold and depressing.   I would definitely take the heat any day.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

This past Sunday was Fathers Day.  We decided to spend the afternoon in Niagara Falls playing tourists.  We enjoyed a few drinks on a rooftop patio along the main strip and just relaxed.



Review – Double Down – Alessandra Torre

Double Down, is the second, and final book in Alessandra Torre’s new romantic suspense duet All In.

DoubleDown_EbookThe first book, Even Money, which should be read before taking on Double Down, ends on one hell of a cliffhanger.  Lucky for the reader, we didn’t have to wait long for Double Down to release and Miss Torre picked up right where she left off.

Just like Even Money, Double Down is a romantic suspense novel, however I did find the second book to be a little darker than the first.  It worked well to give the storyline an edgy feel full of twists and unforeseen turns, hooking you in until it conclusion.

Alessandra Torre has the creativity, the wicked imagination and the skill to write the stories that readers want to read, from the first word until the very last.

I’ve grown to love the characters in Double Down and hope to see them in books of their own.  But for now, Bell and Dario will have their HEA.

Overall I give Double Down 4 Stars and the All In Series 4.5*.

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Read my review of book 1 Even Money here.

About The Author

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen 1445407779715novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense.  Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews.  She is also the Bedroom Blogger for

Release Day – Double Down – Alessandra Torre

DOUBLE DOWN Available Now Twitter.jpgHappy release day to Alessandra Torre!  Her book, Double Down, the second book in the All In Duet series is now live!

The stunning conclusion to the All In Duet…

DoubleDown_EbookIn Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man… and I fell for him.
I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way.

I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death.

*Note, this book is the second and final book in the All In Duet. It should be read After Even Money.

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen 1445407779715novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense.  Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews.  She is also the Bedroom Blogger for